At the Hospitals: Mt. Ascutney Makes Community Donations in Honor of Doctors

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Mt. Ascutney DonationsHonor Doctors

Windsor — In recognition of Doctors’ Day, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center made donations on behalf of its medical staff to two community groups: Support and Services at Home (SASH) of Windsor County and the Windsor County Partners Mentoring Program.

Each organization received $500.

“As a physician myself, I know that health is about more than high quality medical care. It also requires positive social interaction and the right support in many aspects of life,” Dr. Joseph Perras, president, CEO, and chief medical officer at Mt. Ascutney, said in a news release. “SASH of Windsor County and the Windsor County Partners Mentoring Program help us to ensure healthier people by working to strengthen our entire community.”

SASH of Windsor County supports seniors and those with special needs receiving Medicare who want to live independently. By coordinating the resources of social service agencies, SASH provides a support network that permits people to live at home, where they feel safe and most comfortable.

“The ability to live at home and remain independent is crucial to so many people, creating a positive attitude that can have a beneficial effect on physical and mental health,” said Denise Dupuis, Windsor SASH coordinator. “That’s why we deeply appreciate this gift, which will aid our efforts to keep our neighbors who need extra help right where they want to be.”

The Windsor County Partners Mentoring Program screens and matches adult volunteers with boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12 to provide intergenerational partnerships. The kids receive positive mentoring, while the adults broaden their horizons by forming a friendship with a young person. Many of these mentorships continue right through high school.

“Positive relationships between adult mentors and young people can benefit both by increasing self-esteem, improving communication skills, and helping participants realize their potential,” said Jennifer Grant, executive director of Windsor County Partners Mentoring Program.